THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

 

Colubrids & Mud Snakes

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards

Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 

A Listing of Australian Turtles,Tortoises and Sliders

ORDER: Testudines

Emydura victoriae

FRESHWATER TURTLES
Family:Cheluidae

* Indicates recent updates or new page.

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

*Sandstone Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina burrungandjii (=walloyarrina)

NT, WA

*Cann's Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina canni (was novaeguineae canni)

NT, Qld

Broad-Shelled River Turtle

Chelodina expansa

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

*Kutchling's Long-necked Turtle (see Northern Snake-Necked Turtle )

Chelodina kutchlingi (no longer valid = synonymised with Chelodina oblonga)

WA

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle or Common Long-necked Tortoise

*Chelodina longicollis

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic

*Oblong Turtle or Narrow-breasted Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina colliei (previously known as oblonga)

WA

*Northern Snake-Necked Turtle or Indonesian Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina oblonga (previously known as C. rugosa) (Also note C. oblonga was previously used for C. colliei )

NT, Qld, WA (New Guinea, Indonesia and Pitcairn?)

Flat-Shelled Turtle

*Chelodina steindachneri

WA

New Guinea Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina novaeguineae

NT, Qld

Southern Snapping Turtle or White-throated Snapping Turtle

Elseya albagula

Qld

Northern Snapping Turtle

Elseya dentata (=jukesi)

NT, Qld, WA

*Yellow-headed Snapping Turtle

Elseya irwini (=stirlingi)

Qld

*Gulf Snapping Turtle

Elseya lavarackorum

NT, Qld

*Mary River Turtle

Elusor macrurus

Qld

*Macquarie Turtle or Common Short-necked Turtle

Emydura macquarii

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic

Cooper creek turtle

Emydura macquarii emmotti

SA, Qld

Krefft's River Turtle

Emydura macquarii krefftii (=E. krefftii)

NSW(?), Qld

Brisbane Short-necked Turtle or Brisbane River Turtle

Emydura macquarii macquarii (= E. macquarii signata)

NSW, Qld

Fraser Island Short-neck Turtle

Emydura macquarii nigra

Qld

Jardine River Turtle or Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle

Emydura subglobosa subglobosa

Qld, New Guinea

Worrell's Short-Necked Turtle

Emydura subglobosa worrelli

NT, Qld

*Northern Yellow-faced Turtle

Emydura tanybaraga

NT, Qld

*Northern Red-faced Turtle and North-West Red-Faced Turtle

Emydura victoriae (= Emydura australis)

NT, WA

*Namoi River Snapping Turtle or Bell's Turtle

Myuchelys (was Wollumbinia & Elseya) bellii

NSW

*Bellinger River Snapping Turtle or Georges' Turtle

Myuchelys (was Wollumbinia & Elseya) georgesi

NSW

*Saw-Shelled Turtle

Myuchelys Wollumbinia
(was Elseya) latisternum (=dorsii)

NSW, NT, Qld

*Manning River Helmeted Turtle or Purvis' Turtle

Flaviemys (was Myuchelys, Wollumbinia & Elseya) purvisi

(Manning River area) NSW

Western Swamp Turtle

Pseudemydura umbrina

WA

Fitzroy River Turtle

Rheodytes leukops

Qld


PIG NOSED TURTLES
Family:Carettochelydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
((External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Pig Nosed or Pitted-Shelled Turtle

Carettochelys insculpta

NT, (New Guinea)

SEA TURTLES (Marine)
Family: Cheloniidae


Note that although Sea Turtles may stray into or spend time in cooler water, the females must return to warmer climates to lay their eggs.

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta

(All States)

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

(All States)

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata bissa

(NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic)

Pacific Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

(NT, Qld?, WA, Vic, SA?)

Flatback Turtle

Chelonia depressa

(NSW, NT, Qld, WA)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE (Marine)
Family: Dermochelyidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

 

Sliders (INTRODUCED)
Family:Emydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

* Red-eared Slider - INTRODUCED

Trachemys scripta elegans

ACT,NSW, Qld (From USA, introduced into many countries)

 

Pond & River Turtles (INTRODUCED)
Family:Geoemydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

*Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle - INTRODUCED - protected by the CITES and IUCN

Mauremys sinensis

Toowomba area Qld (native to South East Asia) - (this species may not be breeding in the wild in Australia)

DISTRIBUTION KEY

Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

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